Guest post by Joe Rooney
People who have the time and the resources travel around a lot. While they travel, they take pictures with a camera. So does that make them travel photographers? No, not even close. Anybody can take pictures but to be a professional travel photographer you will need a certain set of qualities.
A lot depends on fortune. You should be at the right place at the right time. While you travel if you get to see something amazing you should have a camera all the time to be able to capture that
- Each corner of the world is quite unique and so one need not always travel to various locations for getting the best pictures.
- Make sure that your pictures speak to the viewers.
A travel photographer has a different set of goals to take care of. Here the pictures are not just simple pictures. The pictures should be able to talk to about the place. The pictures should contain something about the place and its culture. It should be such that one should feel the urge of visiting the place on the basis of the pictures. So, yes one will need to travel but the main part is in being able to get the essence of the place in the pictures. These pictures might have the local people, a local festival, landscapes, wildlife, architecture or any other aspect relevant to the place.
It is also important that you should be enthusiastic about the selection of the travel photography projects as one can get bored by the work if one is working on a single project for a long time. One should always keep looking in stick files and photos to come with new ideas. Just make sure that you come up with practical ideas which can sell and do well in the
If one likes travelling and taking photos while travelling then surely a boating trip might do wonders. An introduction to boating in the childhood can generate a lot of interest for boating. Many people actually get encouraged to take up photography as a hobby during these trips. Though many cannot credit themselves with great sailing abilities, one will know a little bit about boating. Many photography sessions will start on the boating trips to the nearby islands.
Due to the frequent trips it doesn’t take time to learn the importance of using VHF and other communicational devices. Nowadays the new GPS kit installed on boats are quite trendy. With this one can even plot the co ordinates of the trip making it easier to follow a particular path. It is amazing to see that we can use a fish finder which helps us to guide our boat to places with more fish. Fishing trips have been a great opportunity to come up with great family photos. It is better to get rod stands and holders installed on the decks and sides of the boat for those very long trips where you wait for a nibble.